Archive of films Oh Boy / Oh Boy

2012, 88 min

Section: Forum of Independents - Competition
Year: 2012

Niko is in his late 20s and recently dropped out of college. He lives for the moment, oblivious to his growing status as an outsider until one day he’s forced to confront the consequences of his inaction. His girlfriend breaks up with him, his father cuts off his allowance, a psychiatrist confirms his "emotional imbalance”, and a peculiar beauty returns from his past. But all Niko wants is a decent cup of coffee…


Niko breaks another appointment with a good looking girl, acting as if he isn’t interested. At the same time, he loses his license and doesn’t even have enough for a coffee – his bank balance doesn’t look any more promising. Maybe Niko is just having a bad day but it’s more likely that things are like this every day, because life can be hard even if there’s not much going on. With a subtle nod to Woody Allen and the films of the French New Wave, the movie builds a subdued mood with the support of an interesting character whose behavior, although he does nothing wrong, occasionally goes against him. Even though they appear only briefly, the supporting characters are also memorable: they reveal quite a bit about themselves and, mainly, they manage to influence the main character. Despite being set in contemporary Berlin, the style of the film and its music stand in opposition to the spontaneity of the modern metropolis as the director draws the viewer’s attention to an introverted hero who walks the streets without ever taking his eyes off the sidewalk.

About the director

Jan-Ole Gerster

Jan Ole Gerster (b. 1978, Hagen, Germany) gained experience at X-Filme Creative Pool productions where he worked on the filming of Tom Tykwer’s The Princess and the Warrior (2000) and Heaven (2002). He was assistant to director Wolfgang Becker on Goodbye, Lenin! (2003), and he also directed a documentary about the making of the film. He has created several commercials and music videos, as well as a documentary about Yann Tiersen, the composer who wrote the score for Amélie (2000). Oh Boy is his feature debut.


Schiwago Film GmbH
Grossbeerenstrasse 64, 10963, Berlin
Tel: +49 30 695 39 80
E-mail: [email protected]

About the film

Black & white, DCP
World premiere

Section: Forum of Independents - Competition
Director: Jan-Ole Gerster
Screenplay: Jan Ole Gerster
Dir. of Photography: Philipp Kirsamer
Music: Cherylin MacNeil
Editor: Anja Siemens
Producer: Marcos Kantis, Alexander Wadouh
Production: Schiwago Film GmbH
Cast: Tom Schilling, Marc Hosemann, Friederike Kempter
Contact: Schiwago Film GmbH


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Jan-Ole Gerster

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Tom Schilling


Philipp Kirsamer

Director of Photography

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Assistant Director

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